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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Overview)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others as drugs.


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Are dietary supplements effective?

Are dietary supplements effective?

For what use?: This one can't really be answered well without knowing what's going on with you, or what you hope to gain. Some dietary supplements are very safe and effective for certain conditions, and some are not. I'm sorry that i can't be more helpful, but your question is too broad for me. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
2,109 doctors shared insights

Supplements (Overview)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others as drugs.


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Are dietary supplements regulated?

Are dietary supplements regulated?

Somewhat: While "supplements" are not anywhere nearly as closely regulated as pharmaceutical medications, they do have to meet basic standards for hygiene and manufacturing as food products. You can think of the disclaimer on the package as one example of the requirements on the industry. ...Read more

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Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Are probiotic dietary supplements healthy?

Probiotics: Yes, can be healthy, especially if you are taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can multivitamins supplements increase weight?

Can multivitamins supplements increase weight?

Not well studied: I don't know of any reason that a multivitamin would increase weight, as they are generally low to zero calories and fat-free. A brief search of the medical literature does not reveal any association with weight gain. ...Read more

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Are natural supplements effective?

Are natural supplements effective?

Not necessarily: Supplements do not offer benefits if you don't have a deficiency or a symptom. Taking them in general is discouraged without first consulting with doctor. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports for dangers of taking supplements including those called "natural.". ...Read more

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Can taking protein supplements osteoporosis?

Can taking protein supplements osteoporosis?

Not sure if you: Are asking about protein supplements treating osteoporosis or causing osteoporosis. Protein supplementation will neither treat or cause osteoporosis. Treatment consists of calcium supplementation and sometimes additional medication to build bone density. Causes are genetic, lack of exercise and lack of calcium intake. ...Read more

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Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Expired medications: Dietary supplements that have an expiration date on them should be discarded. The chemical nature of any medication or supplement can change over time including the additives to that product. ...Read more

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Do l-tyrosine supplements contain tyramine?

Do l-tyrosine supplements contain tyramine?

They shouldn't if...: There is good quality control but the tyrosine can be metabolized in the body to tyramine by a process called decarboxylation. ...Read more

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Are glucosamine and chondroitin supplements effective?

Are glucosamine and chondroitin supplements effective?

Yes: According to studies done in germany. It takes 3 months to take effect. ...Read more

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Can I take calcium supplements with other dietary supplements?

Can I take calcium supplements with other dietary supplements?

Depends.: Taking calcium does not preclude you from taking other supplements like Folic Acid or vitamin d. But "dietary supplement" means different things to different people. It's best to take the supplements you're taking in to your doctor and have a discussion with them about their safety and efficacy. ...Read more

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Are multivitamins beneficial?

Are multivitamins beneficial?

Multiple vitamins: are beneficial if your diet is lacking in particular nutrients. ...Read more

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Are iodine supplements safe?

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Are iodine supplements safe?

Only in safe amounts: Iodine deficiency is uncommon in the US because it is abundant in seafood, added to many other foods, and found in multivitamins. Taking more than the generally recommended daily limit of ~1000 mcg daily will increase the risk of thyroid dysfunction. Hypothyroidism occurs when excessive iodine blocks thyroid hormone synthesis. Hyperthyroidism can also occur in people susceptible to overfunction. ...Read more

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Does fda regulate multivitamins and supplements?

Does fda regulate multivitamins and supplements?

Yes: The fda 's many responsibilities include regulation of vitamins and supplements. Some critics feel the fda's regulations are too strict, while others feel they are not strict enough. Info from the fda on their role: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/dietarysupplements/consumerinformation/ucm110417.Htm see my comment for link to a article by joseph mercola md criticizing the fda for "attacking" supplements:. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter potassium supplements safe?

Are over-the-counter potassium supplements safe?

Why?: If you have low potassium there needs to be an evaluation and cause? Taking diuretics? Renal issues? Etc! In moderation, and in normal persons potassium should be excreted if not needed. In excess and with some problems it could be quite dangerous ...Read more

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Why do omega-3 supplements contain cholesterol?

Why do omega-3 supplements contain cholesterol?

Not have Cholesterol: Omega 3 fatty acid are also found in fish oils including cod liver oil. They include include DHA = docosahexaenoic and EPA = eicosapentaenoic acid. They do not contain cholesterol. Lovaza which is omega-3-acid ethyl esters are FDA approved to treat severe hypertriglyceridemia ...Read more

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are horsetail supplements beneficial for?

What are horsetail supplements beneficial for?

Wounds, immune suppo: Horsetail (equisetum) is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Ancient greeks used it to treat wounds. Long track record of use for various conditions, but not many studies. It is generally safe when taken short term and in moderation. It does contain nicotine, so keep away from pregnant women and from children. ...Read more

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Are suppliments healthy?

Are suppliments healthy?

Few are; many aren't: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). Ask the doctor about each supplement one wants to use. ...Read more

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